Here's What the Symbols on Your Makeup Labels Mean
Truth be told, generally the most important information to us on our makeup labels and beauty products is the shade, what it claims to do, and of course the eye-catching packaging (come on, you’ve got to admit it). However, we’re willing to bet that if you knew the products’ shelf lives and the ethics behind their manufacturing processes, your interest would be piqued a bit too. But what if we told you that that information is right on the packaging, in the form of symbols and tiny pictures that you probably skip over? Consider yourself in-the-know, as we’ve cracked the code on these pictures for you! To learn how to translate these (important!) symbols, check out the handy guide below!
You know that tube of lipstick you keep in your weekend bag that you’ve probably held on to for way longer than you should? Makeup expiration is a very important guideline to follow, especially since expired, unsanitary makeup could greatly affect your health. To help let you know when to toss your product, this handy little jar symbol outlines the time period in which the makeup is safe to use (in the case of the symbol above, the “6M” denotes 6 months).
This symbol is important for sun worshipers (and non–sun worshipers alike) since it means that the product contains at least the minimum recommended level of UVA protection for a sunscreen.
Looking for a foundation that gives great sun protection and coverage? It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream ($38) has a whopping SPF 50 and truly transforms your skin in the best way.
No, this doesn’t mean your product comes with a free bunny (don’t we wish?), but instead that the product you’re using has not undergone any new animal testing in any phase of product development by the company, its lab, or its suppliers.
Speaking of cruelty-free, we love the animal-friendly Beautyblender Makeup Sponge ($20). It’s 100% vegan, too!
What symbol is most important for you to find on your makeup? Tell us in the comments below!